Dune 2 Could Be Delayed Due To Ongoing Strikes
The movie might slip beyond its November 2023 release date.
The upcoming Dune sequel set for release later this year might slip to 2024 due to the ongoing writer and actor strikes. According to Variety, Warner Bros. is "strongly considering" pushing Dune 2 to next year.
The movie is currently slated to release on November 3, and Warner Bros. has not officially shifted it yet. But three sources told Variety that the movie company is considering delaying the film. Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment are producing the movie together, and both parties need to agree to a delay and a new date, the report said. A different source said Dune 2 is still on track for November.
Sources also told Variety that some of WB's other upcoming films, including Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom and The Color Purple, may be delayed due to the strikes.
For Dune 2, the movie is filled with big-name stars like Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, and Javier Bardem, and they are forbidden from doing promotion during strikes. WB wants all the press it can generate, and this might play into the company's decision to delay or not.
Whenever it's released, Dune 2 has big shoes to fill, as the 2021 movie earned six Academy Awards. It made more than $400 million at the box office, despite being released both in theaters and on HBO Max (now called Max) due to the pandemic.
In the world of video games, a Dune MMO called Awakening is now in development.
Hollywood writers have been on strike said May, with actors beginning their strike on July 13. The writers and actors are seeking better pay and residuals, and protections against the rise of AI, among other things.
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